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Coldwater (Film) Review

 
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Length: 104 minutes
 
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4/ 5


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Gripping story line, played very well.

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Often graphic.


Final Fiendish Findings?

“We will re-adjust you.” Brad Lunders’ life is about to change in an instant. After his mother makes the decision that he needs to change his life around, Brad is forcefully taken from his home in the middle of the night, thrown into the back of a van in handcuffs with no explanation for what […]

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Posted August 22, 2014 by

 
Full Fiendish Findings?
 
 

“We will re-adjust you.”

Brad Lunders’ life is about to change in an instant. After his mother makes the decision that he needs to change his life around, Brad is forcefully taken from his home in the middle of the night, thrown into the back of a van in handcuffs with no explanation for what will happen. As morning dawns, he is thrown into life in a juvenile detention facility. The head of the facility, Colonel Frank Reichert, is an ex-military hard-ass who purports to use tough love tactics and hard work to turn teenaged delinquents heading for a life of crime into hardworking and productive members of society. With carte blanche from the parents and no time limit on their sentences, life at the Coldwater facility is far from the lives these boys left behind.

The focus of Coldwater is on Lunders – both his present life at Coldwater and the past he left behind. As he slowly learns that bravado and a smart mouth will get you nowhere but solitary confinement, viewers are treated to flashbacks of his previous life in little chronological bits that slowly show you the bad choices and sheer tragedy that led up to him being sent away. Heartbreaking as these often are, though, it is Lunders’ time at Coldwater that will chill you to the bone.

Although Coldwater is fiction, it is modeled after real life stories that have dominated the headlines in recent years of facilities just like Coldwater, where power and isolation lead to tragic results. The boys at Coldwater are faced with manual labor and forced runs in brutal heat, and water or rest isn’t always a given. They are watched over at every minute, with no privacy and no free time – and the “counselors” at this camp have let that power go to their head, with little oversight other than the doctor who must patch up the wounds they leave behind.

Colonel Reichert, the man who is the face of Coldwater, is slowly spiraling into depression and addiction, and his volatile moods contribute to the air of defiance overlaid with terror that all of the boys live with on a daily basis, without so much as a release date to give them hope. The Colonel will decide when they are “ready” to leave the facility. James C. Burns plays the irascible colonel to perfection, his hard nosed style the perfect compliment to the cunning and quite likable Lunders (played by P.J. Boudousque).

Coldwater is a violent film that is heartbreaking in its intensity and incredible realism. The lead characters are masterfully played, keeping you on the edge of your seat till the credits roll.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)